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Gifts, Ministries, and Operations Part 07- Powers/ Miracles

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August 1st, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Gifts Ministries and Operations, Larry Groenewald, Mike Vinson, Topical Studies0 Comments | Author:

The Workings of Powers (Miracles). This spiritual gift gives the ability to go beyond or bypass our natural mind’s abilities or limitations and believe the Word of God.

By Larry Groenewald, and Mike Vinson
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Gifts, Ministries, and Operations Paper

Everything we have, we have received from God, whether we
acknowledge this or not:

1Co 4:7 For who makes you to differ from another? And what do
you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why
do you boast as if you had not received it?

For us, all these gifts of God manifest first in the natural (as a type and
shadow), “afterwards” we see them in the spiritual:

1Co 15:46 But not the spiritual first, but the natural; afterward the
spiritual.

This is the God-ordained process by which we can understand the
spiritual or “invisible things” of God:

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the
world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are
made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are
without excuse:

God’s spiritual gifts are also never to be associated or confused with the
counterparts (the twisted perversions) in spiritual Babylon:

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become
new.

1Co 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I would not
have you ignorant.

This “new” is the spiritual application which the apostle Paul is focusing
on:

1Co 12:4 But there are differences of gifts, but the same Spirit.
1Co 12:5 And there are differences of ministries, but the same
Lord.

1Co 12:6 And there are differences of workings, but it is the same
God working all things in all.
1Co 12:7 But to each one is given the showing forth of the
Spirit to our profit.

The first section comprises the different gifts of the spirit which in the
Greek is “charisma” meaning to receive something from God with joy,
enabling and inspiring one to ‘impart’ it to others:

1Co 12:8 For through the Spirit is given to one a word of wisdom;
and to another a word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit;
1Co 12:9 and to another faith by the same Spirit; and to another
the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:10 and to another workings of powers, to another
prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits; and to another kinds
of tongues; and to another the interpretation of tongues.

Rom 1:11 For I (Paul) long to see you, that I may impart unto you
some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established.
Rom 1:12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by
the mutual faith both of you and me.

This is part 7 in this series of discussions on this topic, and today we will
touch on the workings of powers or miracles.

Workings of powers (or workings of miracles):

God created and still controls or works everything (the good and the evil)
in our daily lives according to a perfect plan:

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and
create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being
predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all
things after the counsel of his own will:

By default or Godly design our natural minds cannot understand how
God is working His one and only plan:

Rom 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who
hath been his counsellor?

1Co 2:16a For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may
instruct him?

This spiritual gift of workings of powers or miracles
(G1411: “dunamis”) gives the ability to go beyond or bypass our natural
mind’s abilities or limitations. This gift of the spirit opens to us “the mind
of Christ” to receive or accept the things which are impossible for the
natural man to receive:

1Cor 2:16b But we have the mind of Christ.

Mat 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men
this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

The gift of workings of powers (miracles) enables us to receive this
mind of Christ in a progressive way to understand “the things” of God
increasingly:

1Co 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the
Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know
them, because they are spiritually discerned.

To believe in the resurrection from the dead, for example, falls under
workings of powers. The natural mind cannot go beyond the boundaries
of its own “death domain”:

Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually
minded is life and peace.

Physical resurrection from the dead (for example in the case of Lazarus)
is, was and will always be a type and shadow of spiritual resurrection –
being delivered from the power of darkness which is the domain of the
carnal mind – from spiritual death to spiritual life:

Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and
hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.

This “translation” is done through the working of a miracle by which all
carnal minds will be destroyed:

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be
made alive.

To know Him is to know ‘the power (G1411: “dunamis”) of His
resurrection’ life:

Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection,
and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto
his death.

It is beyond the carnal mind’s ability to believe God can actually
resurrect the dead (not a dead body!) and then give spiritual life on top
of that!

2Co 1:9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we
should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead.

Our natural mind is easily persuaded by human opinions, philosophies
and false religious ideas. To counter or hide the truth of a resurrection
from the dead, the carnal mind naturally accepts that humans have
an “immortal soul” which travels (from one point to another) when we die
physically. The natural mind cannot believe God is capable of creating
something totally new (that is in spirit), but God will make ‘all things’ new
by ‘the workings of [His] powers’!

2Co 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the
flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now
henceforth know we him no more.
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become
new.

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